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Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

 

La presse gabonaise lue par l'Agitateur : Jean Ping et sa galaxie « en quarantaine » !

« Après un an de résistance passive en guise de deuil, le peuple gabonais, qui a tenu à commémorer ses morts du 31 août 2017, a décidé, sous la houlette des leaders de l’opposition, de passer à la résistance active. Ceci, sans armes ni munitions », note le journal Le Mbandja qui poursuit : « Ne voulant pas se laisser surprendre, le régime a sortie l’artillerie lourde et fait de nombreux prisonniers parmi lesquels Alexandre Barro Chambrier et Frédéric Massavala Maboumba. Comme on le voit, cette montée des périls n’est pas pour apporter un climat de sérénité dans le pays », estime le journal.

« Répression, interdiction de sotie du territoire, apologie de la République des barbares. Attention, la compression prépare l’explosion ! », commente le journal Moutouki. « Le doute n’est plus permis. Ali Bongo est dépourvu d’un pentium capable de réconcilier les Gabonais avec eux-mêmes. C’est pourquoi, n’ayant pour unique patrie que le Gabon, les laissés-pour-compte n’auront d’autres choix que de lutter pour survivre », conclut le journal.

« Autant de maladresses qui trahissent le caractère répressif et arrogant du pouvoir d’Ali Bongo. Et d’éléments qui attestent que si Ali Bongo pratique la violence politique, c’est parce qu’il est conscient qu’il occupe une place usurpée. Et le meilleur moyen d’espérer la conserver est de créer le vide autour de soi. C’est du moins ce qu’il pense. Mais que les usurpateurs retiennent que ‘’ la roche tarpéienne est près du Capitole’’ dit autrement, ‘’la chute est proche’’ », renchérit Ezombolo.

« La lutte prend une tournure intense et décisive. Je pris Dieu qu’elle aboutisse enfin. Si je tombe, soyez fier, c’est pour une cause juste que je me bats. Mon rêve est de terminer dans un Gabon démocratique et plus généreux avec ses enfants. Si l’arbitraire l’emporte, je suis prêt en assumer les conséquences », ce message a été attribué à Frédéric Massavala Maboumba, membre de la Coalition pour la Nouvelle République, interpellé par la DGR (Ndlr : Direction générale des recherches) sans les formes requises, rapporte le journal Echos du Nord. « Il est comme une prémonition, poursuit le journal, parce qu’il a dit l’alternative à laquelle nous ferons face : se résigner ou se battre. Les paroles de Frédéric Massavala Maboumba sont à prendre très au sérieux, parce quelles interpellent nos consciences et indiquent ce qui pourrait advenir si les Gabonais ne prennent pas la mesure du combat actuel », prévient le journal.

« L’ancien Ministre délégué à l’Education tente-t-il de se reconvertir en chauffeur de foules pour Jean Ping ? », s’interroge le satirique la Griffe. « Depuis l’incarcération de Bertrand Zibi Abéghé, le leader de l’opposition radicale ne sait plus sur qui compter. Tous ont échoué à atteindre les objectifs qui avaient été confiés à l’ancien député du PDG. Bertrand Zibi est le seul qui avait une connaissance profonde de la gestion des bandits, quartier par quartier et sur l’ensemble du territoire gabonais », commente le journal. « La première mobilisation de samedi dernier, poursuit le journal, devrait permettre au candidat malheureux à la présidentielle d’août 2016 de prendre place au palais. Mais cela n’a pas fonctionné. C’est la raison pour laquelle, Jean Ping a confié la mission à Frédéric Massavala, pensant que ce dernier pourrait mieux faire », ricane La Griffe.

« Bongo place ses opposants en résidence surveillée », s’insurge le bimensuel La Nouvelle République. « Les personnes black-listées payent pour une faute qu’elles n’ont pas commise. Le pouvoir les accuse d’être coresponsables de l’appel à l’insurrection lancé le 18 août dernier par Jean Ping », explique le journal.


National Foot 1 : Reprise le 28 octobre 2017 !

Prévue s’achever le 19 mai 2018, la nouvelle saison du championnat gabonais de première division dite professionnelle démarre samedi 28 octobre prochain au stade d’Akouakam avec le match qui opposera Oyem AC à CF Mounana, champion en titre pour la deuxième fois consécutive, à 15h 30 en heure locale. Selon le calendrier publié par la LINAFP, présidée par Brice Mbika Ndjambou, sept matchs se joueront samedi 28 et dimanche 29 octobre 2017 dans le cadre de la première journée de la nouvelle saison.

Programme de la 1ère journée :

1 OYEM AC vs CF MOUNANA 15 H 30, au stade d’AKOUAKAM

2 AS PELICAN vs ADOUMA FC 15 H 30, à JEAN KOUMOU

3 AS MANGASPORT vs MISSILE FC 15 H 30, à HENRY SYLVOZ

4 LOZO SPORT vs NGUEN’ASUKU 15 H 30, au stade MBEBA de Lastourville

5 AKANDA FC vs OLYMPIQUE DE MANDJI 15 H 30, au stade MONEDAN

6 STADE MANDJI vs AO CMS 15 H 30, au stade Pierre Claver DIVOUNGUI

Dimanche 29 Octobre 2017

7 STADE MIGOVEEN vs USB 15 H 30, à JEAN KOUMOU

Le National Foot2 dominé la saison dernière par Oyem AC et Nguen’Asuku , promus en championnat élite, quant à lui sera lancé le dimanche 5 novembre prochain et prendra fin le dimanche 13 mai 2018.


Nigéria : Nnamdi Kanu, Chef des indigènes du Biafra, accuse Buhari d’avoir voulu l’assassiner

Le domicile de Nnamdi Kanu, chef d’un des plus importants mouvements rebelles du Biafra a été, une nouvelle fois, assiégé il y a quelques heures par des centaines de militaires selon des témoins. Depuis il accuse Buhari d’avoir voulu l’assassiner.

Nigéria : Nnamdi Kanu, chef des indigènes du Biafra menace le gouvernement de Buhari

Il se disait l’homme le plus influent de la région du Biafra. Et la popularité de Nnamdi Kanu n’était plus à refaire. Toutefois, une telle popularité pourrait entraver le processus entamé par le pouvoir du président Muhammadu Buhari.  

Lors d’une récente interview, Nnamdi Kanu avait même menacé le gouvernement au cas où il choisirait l’option de l’arrêter. Une menace qui n’a pas du tout inquiété le président Buhari et ses ministres puisqu’une nouvelle fois son domicile a été assiégé par des soldats de l’armée nigériane il y a quelques heures.

Régionalisme et indépendance

Pour rappel, le mouvement dirigé par Nnamdi Kanu, l’IPOB (les peuples indigènes du Biafra) souhaite l’indépendance de la région. Il y a plusieurs années le gouvernement nigérian a dû étouffer une rébellion armée financée de l’extérieur qui réclamait l’indépendance de la région.

Dans un communiqué rendu public par son organisation, M. Kanu accuse le gouvernement de Buhari d’avoir envoyé des militaires haoussas et peuls (ethnie du président) pour l’assassiner. Il accuse les militaires d’avoir tué des sympathisants de son organisation et d’avoir semé le chaos dans la région. Il va sans dire que l’homme attise les tensions pour réveiller une guerre civile que personne ne souhaite revoir dans la région.

De son côté le gouvernement affirme qu’il s’agissait d’une simple opération pour sécuriser la région et procéder à l’arrestation d’éventuels rebelles armés.


La Commission des Réformes a rendu son rapport avec une nouvelle constitution

La Commission de Réflexion sur les Réformes politiques, institutionnelles et constitutionnelles (CRRPIC) a rendu public ce jour un communiqué dans lequel elle indique avoir remis au Chef de l’Etat le 8 septembre son rapport de mission. Outre les auditions et consultations, la Commission a fourni deux autres livrables: un document portant « propositions de réformes par voie parlementaire » et un document portant « projet d’une nouvelle constitution ». Ci-dessous, le communiqué de la Commission.

Mission accomplie?

En rendant un rapport (complet) comme le résultat des réflexions et de conception, les juristes et personnalités politiques consultés par le gouvernement ont assurément défini un cadre technique (et politique?) pour le déroulement des réformes attendues. Les auditions et consultations se rapportent aux rencontres que la commission a organisées dans plusieurs préfectures à travers le pays. On a eu droit à quelques éléments de ces échanges au cours desquelles des citoyens ont ouvertement critiqué la gestion des affaires publiques. Des préfets chargés d’organiser les réunions ont parfois eu des difficultés à gérer l’ardeur des participants. Ces rencontres ont permis d’évaluer la perception des pouvoirs publics togolais par les populations. Les orientations prises par les discussions ont visiblement surpris les autorités qui croyaient à de simples formalités.

Il serait bon que ce rapport soit publié pour que l’opinion en connaisse le contenu. C’est le point de vue M. Dany Ayida, spécialiste en gouvernance et démocratie. « Dans un souci de transparence, le Chef de l’Etat ne peut garder par devers lui: le Rapport des auditions et consultations organisées à travers le pays, les propositions de réformes formulées et le fameux « projet de nouvelle constitution« , a-t-il écrit sur sa page Facebook. La publication du rapport permettrait au public de constater par lui-même la qualité du travail fait afin que chacun puisse en faire son opinion et que l’histoire en juge en connaissance de cause.

Portée des propositions

La Commission ne s’est pas contentée de faire des propositions de réformes. Elle s’est attachée à préciser le cadre de déroulement de ces réformes, notamment l’Assemblée nationale. On peut admettre que puisque le gouvernement est le commanditaire de la mission, réaliser lesdites réformes au niveau du législatif où il détient une majorité est dans l’ordre des choses. C’est la logique de la démarche que le gouvernement a indiquée lors de son conseil des ministres de mercredi passé; sous la pression de l’opposition. Et c’est ce qui justifierait la convocation de la session extraordinaire de l’Assemblée nationale ce jour.

Mais la Commission des réformes était-elle fondée à proposer une nouvelle constitution? Dans son communiqué, la Commission parle bien d’une « nouvelle constitution »; ce qui suppose le texte de nouvelle Loi fondamentale de la République. Les conséquences, de l’avis des spécialistes peuvent être significatives. En effet s’il s’agit du texte d’une constitution à part entière et non de la révision de la présente constitution, cela suppose que le Togo va changer de système politique et donc passer à une nouvelle République. Ce cas de figure comporte plusieurs conséquences juridiques.

L’autre question qui doit interpeller les acteurs politiques et les autres organisations impliquées dans le processus démocratique concerne l’intention de la commission en proposant une nouvelle constitution. Est-ce une alternative à l’échec éventuel de la démarche parlementaire? Est-ce une volonté pour les auteurs du rapport de permettre à leur mandataire (Faure Gnassingbé) d’organiser une consultation référendaire?

Ce qui est sûr, c’est que le rapport de la Commission des réformes qu’il soit publié ou par va susciter beaucoup de réactions au sein de la classe politique. On se rappelle que certains partis d’opposition n’avaient pas voulu rencontrer la commission au démarrage de sa mission. L’opposition reprochait au pouvoir d’avoir unilatéralement nommé des personnalités qui lui sont acquises dans la commission.

K. Agboglati

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Épidémie: la peste refait surface à Madagascar

Vers 17 heures, hier, la camionnette du Bureau municipal de l’hygiène (BMH) de la commune urbaine d’Antananarivo, quittait la morgue d’un hôpital d’Antananarivo-ville, avec un cercueil en pin sur sa benne. Elle allait en direction de la fosse commune du cimetière d’Anjanahary pour inhumer une femme d’une quarantaine d’années, suspectée d’avoir succombé à la peste pulmonaire, selon une source au sein du (BMH). Elle serait décédée dans le service des maladies respiratoires de cet hôpital après y avoir été admise, dimanche, selon une source concordante.

Cette victime aurait attrapé cette maladie en passant des vacances dans l’Est de la Grande île. « Elle séjournait chez des membres de sa famille à Toamasina, quand quatre d’entre eux, dont le mari et la femme, sont morts subitement. On a soupçonné la peste », a rapporté un proche qui a tenu à garder l’anonymat.

La partie Est n’est pourtant pas une zone pesteuse. On craindrait le rapport entre ces décès et celui d’une personne qui serait venue de Moramanga et aurait été en voyage à Toamasina. Des sources révèlent que cette dernière aurait rejoint Toamasina en taxi-brousse, en partant de Moramanga, et aurait perdu la vie en chemin, suite à une suspicion de peste pulmonaire. Il aurait donc contaminé un jeune homme assis à côté de lui dans ce moyen de transport en commun. Ce dernier serait également décédé.

Interrogé sur ces faits, les responsables du service de la lutte contre la peste au sein du ministère de la Santé publique présents à l’hôpital, ont préféré garder le silence. Il en est de même pour le directeur de la veille sanitaire et de la surveillance épidémiologique du ministère. On sait toutefois qu’il est en mission à Toamasina, actuellement.

Cinq décès

Une autre source au sein de ce ministère qui voulait exhorter tout un chacun à prendre des précautions face à ces cas de suspicion de peste, a révélé l’existence de cinq décès suspects et de dix malades, depuis le début de la saison pesteuse. Ils auraient été répertoriés à Toamasina, à Moramanga et à Miari­narivo, excluant celui enregistré à Antananarivo. Elle souligne également, que des membres de la famille de ces personnes décédées à Toamasina seraient déjà rentrés chez eux, à Mahajanga et à Vohémar.

Il n’y aurait toutefois pas de risque de transmission de la maladie sur les personnes qui ont été en contact avec la victime. L’équipe du ministère de la Santé publique et celle du BMH ont été dépêchés à l’hôpital pour distribuer des médicaments de prévention de la peste à sa famille et ses proches ainsi qu’au personnel de l’hôpital. Elles ont, par ailleurs, procédé à une opération de désinfection du service où la défunte a été admise ainsi qu’à la morgue. Malgré cela, la consultation d’un médecin est fortement conseillée, en cas de symptôme suspect, à savoir forte fièvre, ganglions douloureux, toux avec crachats sanglants. Les feux de brousse sont à éviter et l’assainissement des quartiers sont indiqués, pour empêcher les de monter rats au village.


WEEKEND SCORECARD: Power Dynamos correct to ditch Barclays Cup

Barclays Bank and the Football Association of Zambia must not take Power Dynamos’ decision to ditch the Barclays Cup as a rebellious act.

The brave declaration by the competitions’ second most successful club is valid.

FAZ and Barclays should not also think the act has not received any support from Power’s peers.

Power’s bravery has enjoyed a resounding but silent applause.

It is no secret that all participating clubs foot their own logistical costs from the pre-quarterfinals to the semifinals leaving the clubs looking like they are doing the tournament custodians a favour.

It really hurts especially to see a lower tier clubs with minimal budgets like Monze Swallows and Kitwe United travelling to Lusaka and returning home without any worthy token of appreciation.

The competition is entering its 10th year and it still has not radically transformed itself into a lucrative incentive in a tough industry that is perpetually struggling to stay afloat.

During that period, Zambia has won the Africa Cup, the U20 AFCON and been to the FIFA U20 World Cup twice.

The sponsors have been the only biggest winners with the marketing footprint they enjoy.

The pie must now be shared in cumulative fashion by each team from first round to the final if we are to seriously take the sponsors’ tone as being enthusiastic about their relationship with Zambian football.

The solution to this problem is simple.

For the competition to survive, and avoid another bigger and more embarrassing revolt in 2018, the sponsor must seriously consider going the golf and tennis way.

Barclays need to adopt the Platinum, Gold and Silver sponsorship model in case they have a threadbare budget for the competition.

Firstly, they clearly need a silent Platinum sponsorship partner, but with obviously with an equal presence on the backdrop, without them losing the naming rights to the competition.

Golden and silver sponsors can then come in and chip-in with participation fee top-ups, hospitality and logistics throughout the tournament.

WEEKEND SCORECARD

FAZ SUPER DIVISION
WEEK 27
09/09/2017
Buildcon 2(Omari Kipuku 27′,Akakulubelwa Mwachiaba 67′)-Red Arrows 0

Nkwazi 1(Edward Mwamba 5′)-Green Eagles 1(Venecious Mapande 26′)

Lumwana Radiants 0-Nkana 0

Power Dynamos 1(Jimmy Ndhlovu 9′)-Mufulira Wanderers 1(Guily Manziba 48′)

Real Nakonde 0-Nchanga Rangers 0
Kabwe Warriors 0-Nakambala Leopards 1(Roy Sakwanda 36′)

Lusaka Dynamos 2(Chris Mugalu 89′ 91′)-Konkola Blades 1(Brian Chewe 41′)

Zanaco 3(Ernest Mbewe 11′, Augustine Mulenga 67′ pen,Ben Banh 82’og)-Zesco United 2(Jesse Were 39′ pen, 74′ pen)

10/09/2017

Napsa Stars 3(Youremember Banda 27′,Chitiya Mususu 49′ 70′, Austin Banda 77′)-Forest Rangers 2(Kobe Chipeta 47’65’)

City of Lusaka 0-Green Buffaloes 1(Jack Chirwa 14’pen)

LEAGUE
11/09/2017

Chris Mugalu(Lusaka Dynamos):15

Jesse Were (Zesco):11

Rahim Osumanu(Mufulira Wanderers):9

Walter Bwalya (Nkana): 8
Fwayo Tembo(Lusaka Dynamos):8
Friday Samu (Buffaloes):8

Kobe Chipeta (Forest):7
Maisha Chavada (Buildcon):7

Youremember Banda (Napsa):6
Ernest Mbewe(Zanaco):6
Alex Ngonga (Power Dynamos):6
Mike Katiba(Buffaloes):6
Tapson Kaseba (Green Eagles/Blades):6
Logic Chingandu (Forest Rangers):6
Mwila Phiri(Green Eagles):6

Chitiya Mususu (Napsa Stars):5
Roy Sakwanda(Nakambala):5
Zikiru Adams(Nchanga):5
Diamond Chikwekwe (Green Buffaloes):5
Josphat Kasusu (Lumwana Radiants):5
Diego Apanene(Nkana):5
Simon Nkhata(Napsa Stars):5
Ronald Kampamba (Nkana):5
Patrick Ngoma (Red Arrows):5
Justin Shonga(Nkwazi):5
Danny Silavwe (Nkana/Nakonde):5
Brian Mwila (Green Buffaloes):5
Shadreck Musonda(Nkana):5

Jimmy Ndhlovu(Power Dynamos):4
Guily Manziba(Wanderers):4
Geoffrey Sserunkuma (Buildcon):4
Larry Bwalya (Power):4
Felix Nyaende(Zanaco):4
Lubinda Mundia(Red Arrows):4
John Makwata(Buildcon):4
Richard Kasonde(Zanaco):4
Lameck Banda(Nkwazi?Nakambala):4
Dominic Mulenshi(Nakambala/City of Lusaka):4
Steward Chikandiwa (Nkwazi):4
Chanda Mushili(Lumwana):4
Jacob Phiri(Kabwe Warriors)4
Ignatius Lwipa (Nakambala):4
Collins Sikombe(Napsa Stars):4
Clement Mundia(City of Lusaka):4
Green Mumba (Forest):4
Stanley Nshimbi (Arrows):4

Austin Banda (Napsa):3
Augustine Mulenga(Zanaco):3
Vencious Mapande (Eagles):3
Edward Mwamba(Nkwazi):3
Bwalya Kasonde (Nchanga Rangers):3
Nelson Maziwisa(Warriors):3
Souleymane Lokwa (Zanaco):3
Matthews Macha(Wanderers):3
Boyd Musonda(Zanaco):3
Jimmy Nakena (Nchanga):3
Francis Kombe(Red Arrows):3
Joseph Kamena(Wanderers):3
Nsofwa Mwansa(Lusaka Dynamos):3
Bruce Musakanya (Arrows):3
Alex Mwamba(Napsa):3
Spencer Sautu (Green Eagles):3
Clement Mwape(Warriors):3
Mwila Kabwe (Nkwazi):3
Obed Masambuko (Lumwana):3
Luka Lungu(Power Dynamos):3
Hosea Silwimba(Lumwana):3
Simon Bwalya (Nkana)3
Anos Tembo (Eagles):3
John Sikaumbwe(Konkola):3
Martin Phiri(Power Dynamos):3
Lameck Kafwaya(Kabwe Warriors):3
Idris Mbombo(Zesco):3
Frank Chinyama(Konkola Blades):3
Potipher Zulu(Lusaka Dynamos):3
Lazarus Kambole (Zesco):3
Kennedy Musonda(Zanaco):3
Saith Sakala(Zanaco):3


EDITORIAL COMMENT: Low teacher-student ratios progressive

We welcome the decision by Government to recruit 2 300 teachers with immediate effect. The target is 7 000 and this is only the starting point. The move is certainly a timely intervention as the teacher-pupil ratio was increasing to unmanageable levels by the day. Imagine a teacher facing 50 pupils in some class in high-density suburbs in Harare. The situation is even worse in rural areas which teachers shun citing lack of basic infrastructure like proper housing, electricity and potable water.

The sad state of affairs was threatening to undo gains registered in the education sector since independence in 1980. The gains were achievable courtesy of a deliberate policy by President Mugabe to ensure education is the backbone of socio-political-economic development.

This was achieved through massive teacher training programmes soon after independence that facilitated the decolonisation of a sector long monopolised by a white minority.

The free education for all policy ensured every Zimbabwean had access to education and this explains why today Zimbabwe stands tall in Africa in so far as literacy is concerned.

This was courtesy of the visionary leadership of President Mugabe whose stance on education is known by all. The failure to recruit more teachers over the years, therefore, was self defeating and a deletion of the good we had done since freedom day.

We note that with a depleted workforce, it was going to be a Herculean task for Primary and Secondary Education Minister Dr Lazarus Dokora to ensure the smooth implementation of the new education curriculum recently adopted.

This was going to be a blow for a nation that is now looking beyond Napoleonic history to embrace an education system that produces entrepreneurs and not job hunters. The time to be a slave died with independence. We are aware that Dr Dokora requires 4 700 more teachers, resources allowing, but Rome was not built in a day, step by step, that is achievable.

The directive by Government for the recruitment of more teachers at a time when resources are not readily available to meet their remuneration further confirms its commitment to empower every Zimbabwean of school going age.

We rightly call for transparency in the recruitment process fully aware that corruption has permeated every sector of the economy.

Let those who deserve, get the job. Let us burn the fingers of those demanding a few pieces of gold in return for teaching posts. We are not saying it is happening. No. We are being cautious fully aware that bad apples exist. We urge authorities to consider schools in remote areas when deploying the new teachers to afford all pupils equal access to education.

In this environment where employment is hard to come-by, we urge teachers not to be selective. They ought to be passionate about their profession.


IT’S A RED MIST

Grace Chingoma Senior Sports Reporter—
THE Premier Soccer League (PSL) have said Dynamos forward Christian Epoupa Ntouba remains suspended for the Glamour Boys’ next two matches because the decisions of referee Arnold Ncube, who had a stinker of a game in the Harare Derby, cannot be changed in the boardroom. Ncube sent off the Cameroonian for violent conduct on Sunday. The top-flight league’s statement came a day after the ZIFA Referees Committee announced the red card shown at Ntouba had been nullified and the match official was now being investigated for failing to discharge his duties professionally that day at Rufaro.

The announcement sent shockwaves in domestic football, amid fears ZIFA were setting a bad precedent that would cripple the running of domestic football with aggrieved parties, hurt by refereeing decisions, rushing to the association for redress.

There were also charges the association were trying to give a helping hand to DeMbare’s battle for the league championship.

It also emerged yesterday that, contrary to speculation on social media that the association might have acted on their own, their controversial decision was prompted by a protest filed by Dynamos secretary-general Webster Marechera who asked for Ntouba’s red card to be nullified.

“We write to you complaining about the red card given to Ntouba Epoupa,’’ wrote Marechera. ‘’We feel the referee was not protecting our players from rough play he was encountering hence he ended up retaliating.

‘’He was being punched off the ball and has a swollen left jaw. We, therefore, seek your assistance to reverse that red card decision.’’

The Government also weighed in the debate yesterday and urged the domestic football leaders to resolve issues in a way that did not provoke controversy in the game.

‘’ . . . the Minister (of Sport and Recreation) urges all sport administrators who may be involved in dispute resolution to take decisions that do not weaken established enabling structures within the sport and recreation sector,’’ Sport and Recreation Minister Makhosini Hlongwane said in a statement.

‘’In view of the above, in resolving differences, contestations and protestations that may arise out of sport games, sport administrators are urged to make decisions which inspire confidence to umpires, referees, club executives, sponsors, as well as athletes who are the most important resource of the sport and recreation sector.

‘’The Ministry of Sport and Recreation expresses utmost concern on the continued perpetration of violence in football. To this end, the Minister of Sport and Recreation condemns in the strongest of terms the violence by some spectators and athletes at the Dynamos Highlanders match played on 10 September, 2017 at Rufaro Stadium in Harare.’’

Ntouba was shown a straight red card which meant he will miss the Harare Derby against CAPS United at Rufaro on Sunday.

The Cameroonian forward was punished for head-butting Highlanders defender Peter Muduhwa.

The PSL’s statement came on the day the English Football Association also rejected an appeal against the three-match ban imposed on Liverpool forward Sadio Mane who was sent off for violent conduct against Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson on Saturday.

“Sadio Mane’s three-match suspension, which was effective immediately, remains in place after his claim of excessive punishment was rejected following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing,” read a statement from English football’s governing body.

“The Liverpool forward was dismissed for serious foul play during the game against Manchester City on Saturday (9 September 2017).”

Liverpool wanted the ban reduced saying Mane didn’t appear to show malicious intent with the challenge.

Law 12 of the Football Association’s laws of the game clearly states: ‘’A player is guilty of serious foul play if he uses excessive force or brutality against an opponent when challenging for the ball when it is in play. A tackle that endangers the safety of an opponent must be sanctioned as serious foul play.’’

Some pundits had also supported Liverpool in their battle to have the ban overturned. In Harare, the PSL said there were procedural flaws in the way DeMbare tried to have their case heard as they should have appealed to the league and paid a fee of $1 000 to back their appeal.

The league said matters related to decisions by the referee could not be overturned under the PSL regulations.

‘’The PSL has not received a protest letter from Dynamos FC or communication from ZIFA regarding the expulsion of a Dynamos player during the Castle Lager PSL match between Dynamos and Highlanders at Rufaro on Sunday,’’ wrote PSL Communications and Media Liason Officer Kudzai Bare.

“The league has only received the official match report from the referee Mr, Arnold Ncube.

‘’Please note that in terms of Order 30 of the PSL rules and regulations:

30.1 Any club involved in a match, may lodge a protest with the league in respect of any match played under the auspices of the league provided that:

30.1.2.3 A written protest accompanied by a protest fee of $1 000 is lodged with the General Secretariat of the League within 48 hours of the game and:

30.1.2.4 The written protest referred to in order 30.1 above sets out the full facts on which it is based and refers to the Article and/or assistant referee’s decision connected with the play, such decisions being final,”

Dynamos president Kenny Mubaiwa had earlier said they were unapologetic about their appeal, to have Ntouba’s expulsion nullified, saying he was harassed throughout his entire time on the pitch.

“When we appealed, we were complaining that our player was subjected to attacks from Highlanders players, who were hitting him from the onset of the game but the referee did nothing,’’ said Mubaiwa.

“That was our query, before we can even look at the red card.

“He is our player, we signed him to play football and we want him to play at any given time. People will always talk and talk is cheap. Remember, we always see things differently, if you ask a person the colour of the sky, he will tell you it’s white but if you ask another one he will say the sky is blue, yet it is the same sky they are talking about.

“So, if people don’t want Dynamos, they are bound to say negative things. We are playing good football, so we don’t need favours from anyone. But we also want fair play and protection from referees. Rules should protect everyone not to be one-sided.

“I am surprised because everyone agrees that there was bad officiating on the day. As Dynamos we only lodged a complaint, stated what transpired as well as our grievances because we know our rights.

“ZIFA are there as the mediator and what they do as a result of our complaint it is not our problem. It is not about seeking a favour, we just want fair play. That’s what we want.’’

Mubaiwa said it appears no one cares about what Ntouba went through at Rufaro and it also emerged yesterday that, even if the red card had been nullified, the Cameroonian would not have been able to play on Sunday in the Derby. “Right now, he has a swollen face resulting from that strong smash. But no-one is talking about that,” said Mubaiwa.

Former DeMbare skipper Memory Mucherahohwa yesterday questioned the decision to nullify the red card.

“Whoever made the decision to revoke the red card is not helping Dynamos, but killing the spirit of fair play in football and that of the young Dynamos players who are trying very hard to win the league fairly,” he wrote on Facebook.


Zamara to expand into Africa… To partner AAS Zim to grow southern Africa market

Business Editor
Kenya’s largest pension fund administrator Zamara is planning to expand into Africa, north of the Limpopo, over the next five years, using the East African country and Zimbabwe as focal points. In Zimbabwe, Zamara will partner Atchison Actuarial Services (AAS), a subsidiary of Cormaton Consultants (Pvt Limited), a fund administration company. The two firms have worked together for 16 years.

The plans to expand come after a change in the ownership structure of Alexander Forbes East Africa which saw Kenyan investors and employees take up a majority 60 percent shareholding in the company. Alexander Forbes South Africa remains with a 40 percent stake.

Zamara started in 1994 operating as Hymans Robertson actuarial firm. In 2003, the firm became part of the Alexander Forbes Group.

In an interview, Zamara executive director James Olubayi said after the change in shareholding, the firm adopted Zamara as its corporate identity to support a wider service offering and a Pan African growth ambition.

Zamara controls a third of the Kenyan pension fund market worth about K1 trillion shillings (US$9,74 billion) making it the biggest in terms of size, the pension funds it controls and the number of actuaries employed. Its product portfolio includes financial services like insurance consulting, investment consulting, retirement benefits consulting, death and disability benefits and healthcare benefits among many others. The company also has products like political risk and terrorism insurance and crop and livestock insurance to guard against business interruption.

Mr Olubayi is also the chief and signing actuary of AAS where he holds a 10 percent stake. Under the plans, AAS will grow the southern African market, north of the Limpopo, Zamara will focus on east Africa and together the two will enter into West Africa.

“Plans are underway to expand into Africa. We are in the process of setting up operations in Rwanda and Nigeria. We are just finalising a few issues with Alexander Forbes but really our aim is to conquer the continent leveraging on our experience and successes in both Kenya and Zimbabwe. We believe in partnerships rather than competing head on.”

He noted that the scope for growth in the fund administration sector was huge as penetration ratios in the continent outside South Africa were still low.

“We need to capitalise on the growing demand of insurance, brokerage and similar services on the continent.”

However, challenges remain. Mr Olubayi said the sector tended to be “myopic”, too individualistic in its approaches. And this is an African problem.”

He emphasised that pension funds as long term investors should take the leading role in big projects such as low cost housing where they would be able to get meaningful returns over time.

Cormaton Consultants managing director Richard Muirimi in support and using Zimbabwe as an example, said the challenge was that the country has 1 290 registered funds in a small economy, which are in turn expensive to run.

“What we need to do is pool these funds and use them to go into big projects. This has successfully been done in Tanzania where there is one scheme for parastatals. There is no reason why a simple company can, for example, plant 400 hectares of Macadamias when funds can be put in an umbrella to plant 10 000h. This is why NSSA is able to do some of the big projects as it has a pooled fund with a long term horizon,” said Mr Muirimi.

Mr Olubayi said in Kenya, Zamara had a $260 million umbrella fund, which holds multi-employer retirement funds.

“This is a simple cost effective retirement arrangement that enables employers to participate in the fund and provide employees with benefits without the hassle of having to run a retirement benefits scheme.”

Mr Olubayi said the Zimbabwean market holds “a lot of promise” in spite of the harsh economic cycles it has been through.

“The minimum pension that the National Social Security Authority (NSSA) gives to pensioners is quite decent; even when compared to the private sector. So this market (for me) is poised for growth judging from what the economy has been through and from its large base of human capital.”

But for the fund administrators, the biggest potential markets on the African continent were Nigeria and Ghana.

“They are, however, not easy to get in. Rwanda is the softest considering its easy registration but Ghana and Nigeria have the biggest potential. We are, however, looking at the whole of Africa. We hope to be in a lot of countries in the next five years.”


70 undergo BVR training in Mash West

Walter Nyamukondiwa Chinhoyi Bureau—
At least 70 district election officers and technicians in Mashonaland West Province have undergone training on Biometric Voter registration. This is in preparation for the actual voter registration process expected to start on Thursday. The two-day training programme drew election officers, clerk typists and voter registration supervisors from the province’s seven districts.

“The workshop was aimed at equipping them with requisite knowledge and skills in the operation of the BVR kits,” said acting provincial elections officer Mr Austin Ndlovu.

“Participants have been taken through the general principles of voter registration, the legal framework governing the conduct of voter registration and the general use of the kits.”

Mr Ndlovu said voter registration would be done in phases, starting with Kariba and Hurungwe districts, before it moved to Makonde and parts of Zvimba.

It will move to Chegutu District before going to Mhondoro and Sanyati districts.

The training started in Harare with master trainers, which saw 11 trainers and four technicians from the province being trained.

Master trainers are now cascading the training to the districts.

BVR kit operators will receive training from Saturday to October 3.

Mr Ndlovu urged participants to take the training programme seriously, as the success of the system hinged on their ability to efficiently operate the kits.